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Maro
Ninth Edition


Reviewed December 20, 2006

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 3
Limited: 3

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KC MetroGnome

Maro

Maro is requires a little bit of thinking, because it's not your standard Green Fattie (tm). Often with your four-cost green guys it's worth your while to go Turn 1: land, Birds (or elves) Turn 2: land, card (speed bump, mana accel, whatever), Turn 3: land, fattie. Now, a little math shows that this route leaves you with a 3/3 Maro (4/4 on the draw). I'll take one of the other 4cc green fatties, thanks. Maro fits a little better in a slower, more controlling deck. Perhaps G/U with some card draw. It's even better with instant speed card draw, where that dusty old Ancestral Recall turns into a Gather Courage with triple cantrip (now we're talking!). Now you can play it later, with a full mit of cards, and have a fat critter for 4. But your fat critter doesn't have any evasion or protection built in. And you're limited on how you can protect him (do you really want to engage in a counter war if each spell you cast makes your finisher smaller?). It seems fun at first, but probably isn't worth the time.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 3
Limited - 3+
 

Aethereal

Maro

*insert Mark Rosewater joke here*

A classic creature that keeps getting reprinted over and over, it is named after the current Magic lead designer, Mark Rosewater. Kind of amusing that the card doesn't get played much, as it requires a high hand size to be effective, and by the time this comes out you'll usually have a low hand size. You can combo it with card drawing (duh) but in general there are far better choices for your mana.

In casual, you can use him as a funky win condition if you can draw an enormous hand somehow.

In limited, he's acceptable but not a top pick due to the fluctuating body size. Also, hand sizes in limited tend to not be that large.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 3
Limited - 3
 
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